AN INSPIRATIONAL family have rallied round to raise money for the hospice which cared for their baby girl in her final days.
Little Christina Wagstaff was born on January 11 this year weighing just five pounds, 10 ounces.
Tragically, just over a week later she was diagnosed with the condition thanatophoric dysplasia, a severe skeletal disorder.
The bones in Christina’s chest were squashing her lungs and she died 17 days later.
The tot was taken to the Robin House hospice in Balloch where she passed away the following day.
Christina’s mum Annmarie McIlwaine (36), dad Stanley (49) and big sister Lisa (9), who live in Springburn, kept a vigil at her beside.
Annmarie said: “Every time we went to see Christina all we did was cry. We were told at my 20-week scan that she was not going to be well, but they didn’t know exactly what it was.
“We were told a week after she was born she had the condition and they couldn’t do anything for her. It was absolutely terrible, we were heartbroken.
“When we knew Christina didn’t have long we wanted to do something and had her christened in Glasgow Royal Infirmary Maternity with close family there.
“At Robin House I was able to take her a walk and Stanley had her in the swimming pool. Those moments were really precious as we couldn’t hold her for long. Christina died in Stanley’s arms.”
The family are so grateful for the care and support they received at Robin House, run by CHAS (Children’s Hospice Association Scotland), that they have raised £1,236.50 for the charity – taking part in the ‘ng5k’ fun run last month.
Annmarie said: ““We always do the fun run and decided to raise money for CHAS. We did the run in memory of Christina. She was in our thoughts, especially when we crossed the finishing line.”
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